Photograph by Alexandra Genova

Photograph by Alexandra Genova

Susan Lakin is a Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Chair of the Advertising Program in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and worked commercially in Los Angeles, Sweden and Australia.  In addition to her commercial work, she owned and operated a professional retail photographic supply store in Burbank, CA. 

Attracted to RIT’s strong photography and computer science departments, Susan accepted her teaching position shortly after completing an MFA in Art Studio with an emphasis in digital arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  The work on this website reflects the projects developed since that time.  Currently she works across disciplines in her photography and academic practices.  

Susan’s artwork has received many awards and is part of the permanent collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Photography Museum of Lishui, China.  

Her photography continues to explore our technological culture and examines our connection to electronic screens from televisions, computers, to hand held devices, examining how these displays frame and reflect upon our lives.   More recently she is engaged with augmented reality and collaborates on projects in the museum setting, for publication, and educational tours.  Her current collaborative work blends visual art, interactive technology, and music with audience participation using mobile devices and the web to enhance the concert experience.

Former commercial clients include:

Adidas, Avon, Harper’s Bazaar, LA Times Magazine, Nordstrom, OCA Architects, Sebastian, Shape Magazine, Southern California Edison, Syncor International Corp, World Vision...... 

Selection of exhibitions include:

Toronto at Gallery 44, New York at the Memorial Art Gallery, NYC Gallery @49, Germany at the Fotografie Forum International, Texas at Houston Center of Photography, Boston at the Photographic Resource Center, California at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University Art Museum Santa Barbara, as well as, the Robert V Fullerton Art Museum......

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